evident vs apparent

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

evident means "based on the available evidence"; apparent means "based on evidence that may or may not be factually valid."

Huh?

Think of it this way: When you say something is evident, like, It's evident that gravity's responsible for the trailer backing over the cat, you suggest there's little to no doubt that that's what happened. However, when you say, It's apparent that gravity's responsible for the trailer backing over the cat you leave some room for doubt.

2 comments:

Michelle Hanson said...

it is obvious that the trailer did run over the cat. Evidently no one responded to your post which is apparently causing the "cat to catch your tongue." I liked your post.

Anonymous said...

Apparent has the same root sourse as Apparition-meaning been witness by EYE or SEEN. If a crime is witnessed in oerson it is apparent what happened. If there us no witness the shreds if cat would have demonstrsted what evidently happened.